Hello friends,

Hope your weekend is going well?  So far we have been pleasantly doing nothing much but lazing around and staying warm. Our clocks change tonight, I remember that now but I am bound to forget later on lol.  I have my second post to share for Saturday though, as I am trying to complete all 31 October pages so I can bind my journal together. Technically I have already done over 31 pages this month (at least double my usual volume) but some of them are in a different (larger) book.  When I realised that I had so many pages that were October inspired, I decided to put them all together in the same book which just happened to mean I would have 31 pages once it was bound.

today’s journal page . . .

Today’s spread is inspired by another favourite Halloween movie – Hocus Pocus!  The plot of this movie is as follows… 300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of things, the sisters have only one night to secure their continuing existence unless some plucky kids stop them… Fun for all the family!

This page was one that I didn’t paint ahead of time, so it was just plain, bumpy, cold pressed watercolour paper.  I did my sketch in pencil then went over it it in waterproof pen.  It was lucky I did this as I didn’t have any plans to do anything watery at this stage, but ended up doing the background in very watery paint, so I’m glad it didn’t all run.

The Sanderson Sisters are coloured with a combination of Pitt artist brush pens, polychromos pencils and paint pens, but most of it is done with the Pitt pens.  They are all waterproof so I knew I was safe to do something watery with the background and nothing would run.

I used Neocolor IIs and a lot of water to make the background.

I don’t think it looks anything like Bette Midler or SJP, but I think it looks a bit like Kathy Najimy, maybe.  A little bit. At least as a witch in this movie. LOL.  I have another page that I am working on, that is also about another Halloween movie.  There is actually a sneak peek of it in the above photo.  You can just see the page below peeking out, and it might just be enough to guess what it is.

The only thing left to do was to add the title which I drew freehand with a yellow paint pen and tried to make it look like the movie font.  It wasn’t showing up very well on its own so I outlined it with a black pen. “It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus” is a line from the movie.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, neocolors, Pitt artist brush pens, acrylic paint pens, white pen, gold pen, silver pen, Polychromos pencils,


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November 1, 2021 8:48 pm

Love watching you bring a page to life- very cool! This is fantastic, beautiful colors and coloring.

Vivian Foo
Vivian Foo
November 1, 2021 6:17 am

Love your drawings.

October 31, 2021 6:34 pm

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Happy Day 30 of LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog+Challenge, so wickedly delighted to see you joining the spooktivities with your wickedly clawesome spread, Hocus Pocus is my all time favourite magical Halloween movie! Thanks for playing along with us and hope to see you for November’s Falling into Winter Hop+Challenge starting Nov 5th!
Happy Haunting!

Erika N
October 31, 2021 12:31 pm

I love this movie, and I recognized these ladies right off the bat. You are aware there will be a new one with these 3 next fall? I can’t wait and hope it is a good one. Nice drawing of the Sanderson sisters, and super page for Halloween Elle. Thanks for sharing with us at AJJ. It’s been fun seeing all your Halloween art this month. Hugs-Erika

October 31, 2021 11:04 am

I just watched the movie again Thursday and so enjoyed it! You absolutely nailed these three witchy poos likenesses! Gorgeous pen work and lettering! Amazing!

Susan Renshaw
Susan Renshaw
October 31, 2021 10:42 am

Fabulous pages! Love those witches!

Valerie S.
October 31, 2021 9:15 am

Spooktacular Hocus Pocus images!!!

Val S – LeighSBDesigns DT 

October 30, 2021 11:06 pm

Wow! I don’t know the film but I do know this is a fabulous page! This is the second time I have seen the title – maybe I should try to watch it! Thanks so much for sharing at AJJ, hugs,Chrisx

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